Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, is set to direct a reboot of Stargate. THR is reporting that Emmerich is to helm the first in a planned trilogy based on the 1994 film, which he also directed and co-wrote. Warner Bros. and MGM are to team up for the reboot, which will also see producer and original co-writer Dean Devlin return.
Stargate told of an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to another world. Kurt Russell and James Spader played characters who travel to an ancient Egypt-like planet.
The original film received a mixed reception upon release in 1994, earning just over $71 million in the United States. The film earned nearly $200 million worldwide, making it one of the surprise hits of the year. The film gathered itself a cult status and the four TV series spinoffs ensured that it remained a profitable franchise as the years went on. In fact, Stargate SG-1 has the record for being the longest-running North American science fiction television series of all time.
There’s no word on when Emmerich will get to direct this reboot. He is currently in production on his small-scale gay rights drama Stonewall and is in pre-production on ID Forever Part I and Part II, planned back-to-back sequels to Independence Day.